A mechanical malfunction caused a ferry that travels from New Jersey to New York City to run aground in Brooklyn on Saturday, authorities said.
The Seastreak Commodore ferry, which travels along the East River from Highlands, New Jersey, to Manhattan, took on water following the grounding, Gala said.
"All of a sudden it swerved to the right and went into an inlet," an unnamed passenger told NBC New York.
"The crew was telling us, 'Sit down sit down,' screaming, 'Sit down sit down.'
Seastreak spokesman James Barker later said the ferry lost power and thus steering control, causing it to run aground.
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